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Let’s Get Ready for Kindergarten!

Let’s Get Ready for Kindergarten!

Nick Jr. invites you to be part of a great adventure: Beyond the Backpack, a nationwide initiative to promote overall kindergarten readiness for preschoolers. Start this journey by completing the readiness check-in to receive a customized learning plan for your child.

Getting ready for school requires more than having a backpack full of supplies. Beyond the Backpack can help you build and support a solid foundation for your little one’s education.

Nick Jr. Beyond the Backpack provides parents and caregivers with tips, activities, and resources focusing on five major areas that have been recognized as critical to kindergarten readiness: Family Engagement, Health & Wellness, Literacy Skills, Social & Emotional Skills, and STEM Skills (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math).

Customize a Learning Plan

Nick Jr. Beyond the Backpack is here to help you get your little one ready for kindergarten. Fill out the quick 3-minute check-in to customize a learning plan for your child.

Get the Toolkit

Get the Toolkit

Select “View Toolkit” below for your own printable toolkit filled with learning games, checklists, reward charts, and much more!

Save for College

Each little step you take now is part of an exciting academic journey. Just as it’s never too early to start getting ready for kindergarten, it’s never too early to start saving for college. Check out Beyond the Backpack’s 529 Resources to find a college savings plan that’s right for your family and to see how small savings today can grow over time.

Our Partners

College Savings Foundation
Reach Out And Read
Too Small To Fail
Association Of Children's Museums
Alliance For A Healthier Generation
Boston Children's Museum
Children's Defense Fund
National Head Start Association
National PTA
Common Sense Media
National Council Of La Raza